Trauma Affects the Immune System & Other News of Note

Trauma Leaves Its Mark on Immune System (New Scientist) Traumatic experiences can scar for life, both mentally and physically. Now it seems they even leave chemical marks on DNA – in areas responsible for immune functions and memory. The result could help explain why people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including some soldiers and victims …

How to Brush Your Teeth

The conventional wisdom says that you should brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day to avoid tooth decay. But it doesn’t follow that so long as you brush regularly, you’ll get no cavities. A number of other factors work together to determine this – things such as dietary habits and genetic …

Stat!: Drinking Our Sugar

  Spanish Flea/Flickr Maximum number of teaspoons of added sugars per day as recommended by dieticians: 5 to 9 Average number eaten daily by Americans: 22 Number in the typical 20 ounce soda: 17 Rank of soda among all sources of added sugar in the American diet: 1 Gallons of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages …

Captain Obvious Returns – in the Adventure of the Eroding Teeth!

We’ve written before about the research on how sodas, energy drinks and other common beverages erode dental enamel, and linked to other stories on this currently popular topic. Most, if not all, recent studies on the issue have focused on the effects of such beverages: the damage they do and the way that they do …

Soda vs. Water

This merited a study?     Replacing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) with water could eliminate an average of 235 excess calories per day among children and adolescents, according to a study published in the April 2009 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study’s authors conclude that such a replacement would be a simple …

Sugar, In; HFCS, Out

Despite their best efforts, the Corn Refiners Association seems to be failing in its attempt to turn public opinion in favor of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). (BTW, here’s a nice, quick counterpoint to the CRA’s spin-a-rific ads.) Now some “food manufacturers” are taking advantage of the HFCS-backlash, returning to sugar for its retro comfort …